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it for us here in newtown. thank you for watching. "early start" begins next. ♪ >>> on this special edition of "early start," a community and a nation in mourning. >> newtown, you are not alone. >> the president, offering words of comfort and inspiration, to those trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. >> the face of indescribable violence. in the face of unconscionable evil. you've looked out of each other. and you cared for one another. and you've loved one another. >> we're remembering the victims, 20 children and 6 adults. some who gave their lives to save others. >> she was truly selfless. she would not hesitate to save anyone else before herself, especially children. >> as more details emerge, people in the small community search for strength to face the difficult days ahead. >> we will move on. we will never forget. we will, in many ways, be made stronger for what has transpired. and we will get better. >>> good morning. and welcome to this special edition of "early start." >> it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. we're coming to you live from newtown, connecticut, this morning. it is a
message when he attended sunday's memorial at the newtown high school. two teachers, steve george and bobby patterson, left him a note on a classroom board. they thanked him for his leadership and helping the community to heal. well, the president responded with a note of his own, writing "you're in our thoughts and prayers" and then signed his name. >>> and the aunt of gunman adam lanza is fearing for the safety of her family. marsha lanza has three sons and says they are heart broken over the shootings. she also says the tragedy has brought shame to the family. lanza says she had not seen her nephew since he was 3 years old and she's worried about possible repercussions that her two youngest sons may face at school. >> we had nothing to do with it. yes, we're related, but my boys, my three younger boys did not know their cousins. >> she also says she has not heard from the gunman's father, peter lanza, about funeral arrangements. >>> in light of the tragedy, gun control is once again a hot topic for public debate right now. a new abc news poll found that 54% of americans favor s
in friday's newtown tragedy. many gun supporters are adamant that assault style rifles should not be outlawed. >> if you read the federalist papers, our forefathers wanted to protect the same type of weapons the military had. >> gun control just takes the guns out of hands that obey the laws. >> 1 in every 209 americans has an ar-15. president clinton placed a ban on assault rifles in 1994 and it expired in 2004. >> and people debate its real impact. did it have any impact? you see conflicts reports. >> there were a lot of loopholes. >> and some senators say first day of the new congress, that's going to be back on the table. >> and our facebook question looks specifically at gun control. >> what is your advice to lawmakers? check out our facebook fan page to give your comments on the issue. we may read some of your responses right here on the air. >>> also, the school shooting rampage is touching young hearts on the other side of the globe. a school in warsaw, poland observed a moment of silence in honor of those killed friday. the children said they wanted to show solidarity
. officers never fired a shot. the gunman's mother was found dead at a newtown location where the gunman lived. police have released no motive for the attack. the weapons used in the shooting were all legally purchased and were registered to the gunman's mother. an emotional president obama addressed the nation this afternoon from the white house. >> we've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. and each time i learn the news i react not as a president but as anybody else would, as a parent. and that was especially true today. i know there is not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. so our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the
for awful reasons. "to the people of newtown, we are with you today and in the weeks and months ahead." that was the word today from ron barber, who was shot and wounded in the mass shooting in tucson last year that killed six people and wounded 13, including the grievous wounding of congresswoman gabby giffords. ron barber, who took gabby giffords' seat in congress after she stepped down to deal with her injuries. he said today, "as those of us in tucson know, senseless acts such as these tear at the very fabric of a community." mark kelly, gabby giffords' husband said today, "i just spoke with gabby, and she sends her prayers from tucson." in oak creek, wisconsin, where four months ago there was another mass shooting at a sikh temple, another six people gunned down at that temple. a school superintendent there today told the local press that she cried when she heard the news out of newtown, connecticut. she said "we always think it can't happen here, and we pray fervently that it won't. but as we know from our experience this summer, it can happen anywhere." the mayor of aurora, col
the local press that she cried when she heard the news out of newtown, connecticut. she said "we always think it can't happen here, and we pray fervently that it won't. but as we know from our experience this summer, it can happen anywhere." the mayor of aurora, colorado, is still helping his community try to recover from the mass shooting there this summer where 12 people were shot and killed and another 58 people were shot but survived. he said today from aurora, "our hearts go out to the people of newtown." colorado's senator michael bennet said today, "as coloradans, we know how this type of tragedy can shake a community to its core. we are here for connecticut today." colorado's governor, john hickenlooper, he said, "we know too well what impact this kind of violence has on a community." he said that the first thing he wanted to do today was talk to his counterpart governor in connecticut, dan malloy. governor hickenlooper said, "i cannot put into words how impossible it seems to me that this can happen again so suddenly." virginia tech was the site of a mass shooting five years ag
>> barton admits that gun reform might not have been enough to prevent the newtown tragedy but says there should be a balance between our second amendment right as well as public safety. >> and in a moment, our other big headline. a major loss on capitol hill. >> and sending heartfelt christmas greetings to newtown families struggling over the holidays. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >>> welcome back, everybody. we're going to move to other news. daniel inouye is being remembered from washington to his home state of hawaii. he was a world war ii medal of honor winner who lost an arm to a german hand grenade in italy. he became the first japanese american in congress and served 50 years in the u.s. senate. his death was announced by harry reid. >> the kindness that he has shown me for me time here in the senate has been something i will cherish always. a man who has lived and breathed the senate. he was that patriot. >> very kind words. president obama also a native of hawaii tweeted aloha yesterday. he died yesterday at 88 years old. >>> there is progress in talks on the fisc
, the newtown police department received a call. >> our hearts are broken today. parents and sisters and brothers and family of these children and adults who were lost. >> there were 18 children pronounced dead at the scene and two children transported to the hospital and pronounced dead at the hospital, and there were six adults pronounced dead at the scene. >> evil visited this community today. this is a terrible time for this community and for these familie families. >> good morning. i'm melissa harris-perry. we are awaiting a press conference on the latest on the school shooting in newtown, connecticut. today, we are focused entirely on newtown. approximately an hour and a half outside of new york city, newtown, connecticut, is a small commuter town locateded in fairfield kocounty. it is a predominantly middle-class white community with approximately 30,000 people. they have several schools and synagogues and churches and it has a rotary club and basketball league like many other towns, but yesterday, as many of you know, newtown became the latest statistic of what is a disturbin
and aurora and oak creek and newtown and communities from columbine to blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to try. in the coming weeks, i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents and educators, in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this, because what choice do we have? we can't accept events like this as routine. are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage? that the politics are too hard. are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? you know, all the world's religions, so many of them represented here today, start with a simple question. why are we here? what gives our life meaning? what gives our acts purpose? we know our time on this earth is fleeting. we know that we will each have our share of pleasure and pain, that even after we chase after some earthly goal, whether it's wealth or power or fame or just simple comfort, we will, in some fash
as well as you might imagine. this is newtown, connecticut, for folks who are not familiar. this town is roughly about 27,000, 28,000 folks who live there. i live roughly 15, 20 minutes away from newtown, connecticut. it's a very small town, and this is one of those stories that affects you in a very personal -- even if you don't have children, for instance, one of our directors who works here at msnbc, i just saw him before i came out here. he was rushing home. he has a daughter who goes to this school, thankfully, according to his wife, his daughter is okay. he has talked to a number of parents who have children in this school who have described in vivid detail what transpired there some hours ago. some of the stories we are going to hear play out here over the mechanics few hours, but according to him, according to the director, one of the things that happened inside that school based on conversations that he had with his wife, at one point when the shooting started there were a number of adults in that building, presumably 250e67ers, but a number of adults who managed somehow to b
, unfortunately, unfolding in connecticut right now. in newtown, connecticut, at a small elementary school. the sandy hook elementary school. for those of you who are just tuning in, we are now getting numbers, our own john king reporting, quoting law enforcement sources as saying at least 20, but perhaps closer to 30 individuals, many of them children, have been killed in this incident. individual suspect, a 20-year-old, is -- the suspect, the shooter is a 20-year-old. law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation telling our susan candiotti, that suspect, we believe, is dead right now. you just heard police at a small briefing, didn't provide a lot of information, but they did tell us the area now appears to be secure, but this has been a horrific, horrific mass killing at an elementary school in connecticut. a school for kids from kindergarten through fourth grade. we're watching all of this unfold. lisa procachini is on the phone right now. she's a parent of an 8-year-old at the school, the sandy hook elementary school. your 8-year-old is fine, i take it, lisa. tell us w
is going to be like. >> the tragedy in newtown has many people wondering how they can help those who are impacted. so we put a list together of charitable organizations on our website. just visit cnn.com/impact. you can help. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with don lemon in newtown, connecticut. don? >>> hi, everyone. i'm brooke baldwin live at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. don lemon is standing by in newtown, connecticut, where we'll check in with him here momentarily. but the story this week, it just breaks your heart to see there, these funerals going on for these itty-bitty children here, two more young victims being laid to rest today. services for 6-year-old jessica rekos were held at st. rose of lima catholic church there in town. as her relatives grieve, they are also trying to help her brother travis understand why he can't play with his best friend. he wants to know where is his best friend. we found out jessica loved horses. she loved watching horse movies, drawing horses. apparently she asked santa claus this christmas for a new pair of cow girl boots. also t
>>> we're continuing to follow the aftermath of the newtown massacre at the sandy hook elementary school. "cnn newsroom" continues now with brooke baldwin who is in newtown, connecticut. >>> i'm brooke baldwin live today in newtown, connecticut, where today the new reality is sinking in. today parents are living alongside an empty room of the child they lost. left behind in that room, pajamas, favorite toys, books they always read together, parents who know this, even the smell of their child's pillow. and these first responders being called heroes, but still day in and day out living with the images no one could have prepared them to see. today, families are deciding on coffins, head stones, choosing songs that will play at the funerals of first graders. want to tell you about the two little boys who are actually being remembered right now. the funeral for 6-year-old jack pinto began just about an hour ago. jack will be laid to rest today in newtown village cemetery. just a little bit of background on this 6-year-old, jack adored football, his favorite player was new york giants
>> let me begin expressing gratitude to the people of newtown, people of connecticut, president of the united states and frankly -- >> bret: this is a fox news alert. i'm bret baier in new york tonight. let's take you back to newtown, connecticut, where press conference has just begun. the connecticut governor malloy. listen in. >> children, beautiful, beautiful children. who had simply come to school to learn. >> their day ended a different way than we could have imagined. as we stand here today we can't imagine what transpired there. evil visited this community today. it's too early to speak of recovery. but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that connecticut, we're all in this together. we'll do whatever we can to overcome this event. we will get through it. but this is a terrible time for this community and for these families. our police personnel and others are doing the utmost to clear this situation as soon as possible. to return these children to their parents. or these loved ones to their fellow loved ones as quickly as possible. we'l
at sandy hook elementary school will continue now into the night. live from newtown, with chris jansing, please stay with us. >> reporter: 28 people dead in the nation's latest shooting massacre, but this time, the horror is at an elementary school. this is msnbc's live coverage of the shooting in newtown, connecticut. the first call for help came just after 9:30. >> the school shooting at an elementary school in fairfield county, connecticut. >> reporter: it is a small town, holiday lights are up everywhere. >> a young man wearing black. >> he entered the school, he was wearing all black. >> armed with at least two weapons, carrying two handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. >> and we are told opened fire, killing 20 children. >> 20 small children and several adults. >> we'll leave no stone unturned as we look at every facet of this investigation. >> this is one of the worst school shootings in u.s. history. >> they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings. kids of their own. we are praying for them. that the love they felt for those they lost endu
but they have removed an ad out of respect for the loss in newtown. the ad was for an assault rifle used in the massacre. now, we called today. not everybody called us back. but it doesn't end. we are are going to keep coming back to companies. and everybody says they want to make a difference to see what they actually intend to do. >> as we know, 17 years or more, police chiefs, police unions have been asking for help on assault weapons. is the nra statement something new? does it represent a change? do we know? >> we can't know. it's intentionally vague. they have a press conference scheduled for friday. they want to make contributions to make sure it doesn't happen again. but you cannot under estimate the intensity of the passion of gun ownership in this country. and in is the nra's constituency. >> we will see what they say friday. thank you, chris. >>> and friday has been set aside as a day of mourning across connecticut. today, the children from newtown schools showed how resilient they are, the single act getting on the school bus. smiling from the windows and reaching out for a h
of the newtown clergy, give to one another all the love and care and support that you can. and clergy will be available for you at this time at the platform for a time of prayer, according to each of their teachings and beliefs. so please do remain seated until i receive that word of confirmation and then comfort one another. >> a powerful, very moving interfaith prayer vigil here in newtown, connecticut. we heard from the clergy, from various religions, religions of the united states of america. we heard, of course, from the president of the united states, and he vowed after the senseless murders in arizona, in colorado, in wisconsin, and now here in connecticut, he vowed that he would do whatever his office would allow him to do, whatever powers he now has, to try to make sure this does not happen again. and he will work diligently in that area. anderson cooper, we watched these faiths, they were well representative. we can only hope and pray that those who now mourn will get at least a little bit of comfort from what we just saw. >> and the president toward the end of his remarks a
of the united states on friday, choked back tears. this is a very sad day, of raw emotion here in newtown, connecticut, as families begin burying the children killed in the massacre at the sandy hook elementary school right down the road from where we are right now. we're watching all of this unfold, and the pain is clearly, clearly evident. while every day here in new town is sad, today, it's especially, it's especially sad. this afternoon, the first funerals were held for victims of the elementary school massacre. connecticut's governor, you just saw him here, he attended one of the services today, and he summed it up this way, and i'm quoting him, you see little coffins and your heart starts to ache. as this town and the nation tries to come to grips with this huge, huge tragedy, the investigation is focusing in on the question why. some of the answers may come from a computer found in the home where the gunman, adam lanza, lived with his mother. cnn's national correspondent deborah feyerick is keeping track of the latest developments. she's joining us now live with more. what are you
newtown, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this really difficult and incomprehensible time. but be assured that as a member of congress, i'm going to work with you, i'm going to continue to pray with you, and i'm going to make certain that this doesn't happen again because we have an obligation, we know what our to-do list is and we have only to do it before year's end and with that i yield. . mr. murphy: i yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i have been to newtown, connecticut, and it's less than an hour's drive from my congressional district. we mourn all the people who lost their lives on friday, including 20 elementary school children and six educators. over the past few years, we have seen innocent lives lost to gun violence in a supermarket parking lot in arizona, a movie theater in colorado, an army base in texas, a college campus in virginia and now an elementary school in connecticut. the weapons have spawned these tragedies and long past time that we control them. the s
in connecticut, newtown, connecticut, it's so hard for them to believe and to understand what happened here. back to you. >> they haven't said officially that the shooter wound up killing himself, have they? >> reporter: they have not. they have not revealed that. they have not officially released the shooter's name either. we also understand, remember, there is another adult at another location who was also found dead and we believe that that has some connection to the shooter in this case, and yet someone else was also being questioned. so this investigation is far from over. there is a warrant being served at the place where the suspect lived with someone else, who was also involved in the shooting. and so a lot of questions, of course, as we all have at this time to find out how this happened and, wolf, why this happened. >> many questions that law enforcement will be investigating. susan, stand by. joining us on the phone right now is lieutenant paul vance, a spokesman for the connecticut state police. he's in newtown himself. i don't know if you have the answers, lieutenant, and you must be
went to newtown, connecticut following the school shooting there he promised what he could do to 3re vent such tragedies in the future. >>> congress gets briefed today by the authors of a very critical report at security in benghazi. the independent panel reports the security that killed four americans was grossly inadequate. coming up at 5:15 how secretary of state hillary clinton is responding to the panels criticism. >>> let's get you going this morning. out the door. sal, did you have to sit and warm up the car for awhile? i know you were concerned about black ice on the road. >> that is right. absolutely. warming up the car you might want to warm it up so it's nice temperature inside for you. don't leave the keys in it. and also the black ice possibility just make sure that if you find yourself skidding the worst thing to do is hit the breaks suddenly. you'll pump those brakes or slow down if you can just by getting up on the accelerator. let's take a look at the pictures on 80 westbound heading out to the mccarthur maze. no major problems driving out to the maze and the meterin
>>> as you can imagine, a cloud of grief hangs over newtown, connecticut, today. the community begins the first of more than two dozen heart-wrenching good-byes. funerals for two of the 6-year-olds killed in the elementary school massacre are being held today. i'm suzanne malveaux in atlanta with "newsroom" special coverage as newtown remembers. >> reporter: and i'm wolf blitzer here in newtown, connecticut. the funerals will continue for days as the 20 children, the 6 teachers are laid to rest. all this follows a very moving and emotional service last night. ♪ it includes a prayer sung by a rabbi, readings from the bible and the koran, prayers from christian leaders and a promise from president obama. >> in the coming weeks, i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents and educators in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. >> tonight the crowd at the prayer service gave a standing ovation to the first responders, those who answered the call at sandy hook elementary sc
" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from newtown, connecticut. >> pelley: good evening. the bodies of most of the children killed this morning remain inside sandy hook elementary school tonight, along with the bodies of six adults and the gunman himself. the fire house behind me, decorated for christmas, is where terrorized parents came to find out whether their children were among the living or the dead. some of the victims were as young as five years old. president obama said today what everyone is thinking: we have been through this too many times. sandy hook is a k-4 elementary school with about 700 students. >> somebody came in to the room and shot a teacher. that's all i know. sorry. >> pelley: parents rushed to the school after getting robocalls that there had been a shooting. at 9:30 this morning police say a gunman, identified as 20-year-old adam lanza, opened fire in a kindergarten classroom where his mother was the teacher. some of her students were among the 20 children killed. in all, 26 people were killed at the school, including the school principal. the police say the gunma
of newtown, connecticut. the people of connecticut can relate to these victims of the assault and all americans can relate to some extent this crime that's occurred. at this elementary school. madam speaker, i have four kids and 10 grandkids, three of my daughters are teachers by profession. my wife is a first grade elementary school teacher. and no parent, no parent ever wants to bury their child. they just don't want to do that. we never want our children to die in their youth. like these children did. so, madam speaker, we mourn with the families of connecticut. we must honor the victims in our prayers and in our words and ask the good lord to bless them, their families, the people of connecticut and yes, our country. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: the mall shooting that might have been worse and ended in newtown, connecticut, where it's impossible to imagine that it was worse. it's part of an ongoing pattern of c
and opened fire on the te teachers and students. >> i couldn't process a shooting here in newtown. it was hours later when they started coming out with the numbers and it didn't seem real. it just seemed like this is wrong. there's a lot of information today. you just have to say to yourself, this is not real. >> reporter: the teenage brother of a sandy hook elementary school student described the terror in his little sister, the experience. >> she was very frightened when she came out. she was crying, all the other students were crying. and the thing she told me is that it really started when she heard gunshots and screams on the intercom, there were screams, the school was on lockdown, they were hiding in a tiny closet, all bundled up. when they left, the troopers, the fbi, told all the children to hold hands and close their eyes until they were outside. so obviously what was in there must have been very gruesome. >> reporter: now, police are still investigating a motive for the massacre, which is now the second deadliest school shooting in u.s. history, after the 2007 mass shoo
>>> most schools resume in newtown, connecticut as we learn new details of harrowing survival of the day of the shooting. how one student made it out alive. >> reporter: a call to an east bay middle school prompts a full police investigation. how it is a sign that this school district is not taking any perceived threats lightly. >> reporter: we're live in palo alto where a drunk driver triggered the flooding of a busy intersection. we will explain how that happened and if you need to avoid any areas. >>> hours ago, a car slammed right into that concord video store. why police say that was no accident. "mornings on 2" begins right now. >>> well, good morning. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. >>> we're continuing to track developing news in palo alto where a suspected dui driver has been arrested for hitting a fire hydrant. ktvu channel 2 reporter janine de la vega is live on sandhill road with a look at the flooding and how traffic is being affected. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. well, actual iy, this intersection at sandhill and el camino just ope
's chris palone near the scene with the latest. >> reporter: at the hour in newtown, connecticut, people are starting to gather in at least three local churches holding prayer vigils for the victims' families. police say it could take up to two more days to identify all the victims and collect all the clues at the elementary school here near me. the big question on everyone's mind tonight is why? imaginable horror. more than a dozen elementary schoolchildren brutally murdered by a gunman who walked into a school and opened fire. >> there were 18 children pronounced dead at the scene. there were two children transported to area hospital, pronounced dead at the hospital. there were six adults that were pronounced dead at the scene. >> reporter: frantic parents rushed back to the school, desperate for any information about their children. >> we just ran like every other parent and we found out we couldn't get to the school. >> i drove from work. i work in bridgeport. i drove back up here. it was the longest drive of my life, it was really hard not knowing. >> reporter: teachers barricaded t
on a missing child. "they're all dead" she said. "they're all dead." we're here in newtown, back to you. >> pelley: lou, thanks very much. paul vance is a police lieutenant with the connecticut state police. he's been briefing reporters today and i asked him what he saw when he arrived at the school. >> it's a horrific scene. it's a very tragic scene, as we've been reporting. it involve it had death of numerous children, 20 to be exact, six adults. and it's a very tragic, horrific scene. >> pelley: were the children who were killed in one classroom? spread out across the entire school? >> one section of the building is the best way we can explain it. the deceased were all located in one complete section of the building. >> pelley: and where was the gunman found? >> in the hallway. >> pelley: outside of a classroom? >> correct. >> pelley: as the sun is going down now, are the victims still in the school? >> yeah, this is a long process and by that i mean it's a crime scene, it's a criminal investigation, it mandates that we meticulously document every single square inch of that building.
in newtown head back to school. we're live on the scene. >>> winter weather slam. 100-mile-per-hour winds slam the northwest. this tree lands inches from a baby's crib. now, blizzard warnings up, as a major storm is set to snarl holiday travel across the northwest. sam is tracking it all. >>> and two of the most famous stars in the world say "you're the one that i want" again. >> why don't we do a whole album? >> that's a terrific idea. >> travolta and newton-john, reuniting for the holidays. only on "gma." >>> good morning, america. hello to robin, recovering at home. elizabeth vargas is here. so much of our attention is still on newtown. more funerals are planned for today. >> it's unclear when the elementary school survivors will be able to go back to the classroom. this school in a nearby town is being readied for them by volunteers. and teachers have already been meeting to find a way to start this normal routine for them again. >>> first, breaking news overnight. nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, held captive in syria since thursday, has been freed in a firefight. ma
are laid to rest. >> hi, i'm kia jackson. fearful students return to schools in newtown, connecticut. randall reports for wjz. one elementary school was force to close because of threats. >>> the coffin carrying the body of james left the church as family and friends hugged each other. his family described him as a numbers guy who loved math and recess. >>> soon after the little boy's funeral, the scene was repeated. mourners gathered at the same church to say good-bye to jessica rekos. who loved horses and whales. >>> one for teacher victoria soto who has been called a hero for shielding students from the gunman. >> the memorials for the 20 students and 6 teachers grow each other. well wishers are coming to pay their respects. some lit candles. other put ornaments on christmas trees. many wonder how the families will get through the holidays. >> that's where my heart goes out to. i can't imagine having to wake up christmas morning. i wouldn't want to. >> newtown is slowly trying to return to normal. other schools reopened for the first time. the buses had green and white ribbons on
. an update on the aftermath of the elementary school massacre in newtown, connecticut. herse hearses are making their way through the town today. vice president biden is meeting in the next hour with law enforcement representatives as well as cabinet members. what he's doing is leading the president's effort to come up with new proposals to reduce gun violence. also today attorney general eric holder, he is meeting with law enforcement officials and first responders in newtown. we have learned new information about the gunman's mother. friends say that nancy lanza went on vacation alone at a resort in new hampshire days before the shooting. she checked out last thursday afternoon. her son killed her and went on his murderous rampage friday morning. we've also been able to piece together details about the gunman, adam lanza's mother nan nancy. haven't heard much from the father. mary snow is taking a closer look at a strange relationship between the father and son. >> his home is less than hour away from where his son adam oepd fire in sandy hook elementary school, but a person that k
out of respect for the people of newtown, connecticut. newtown, connecticut. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. first up, president obama and the first step toward new gun control laws. as you might remember, he promised those changes on sunday at a heart wrenching vigil for the school shooting victims in connecticut. this morning mr. obama will announce that vice president joe biden will lead the effort to form new policies and rein in gun violence. this morning's briefing comes as newtown prepares to bury several students and a beloved teacher. vicki soto used her body to shield students from the gunman. the national rifle association finally breaks its silence. the nra promising to take part in a gun control debate it has scheduled a friday announcement. more on that in a minute. first to the white house and cnn's dan lothian. >> reporter: white house aides say this will be a chance for the president to talk more about the process of setting up this effort which, as you pointed out,
to impart to you and some people want to know how this could happen in newtown connecticut and how 20 little innocent kids could be murdered. we have more information about the shooter and family mystery. >> we do. before we get started let's look at the coverage of the tabloids here in new york city. america weeps. there is the president of the united states. he shed a couple of tears in the briefing room yesterday. slaughter of the innocence. and a picture you saw a lot of yesterday from the beup in newtown yesterday where a police officer leads those children single file out of sandy hook school. >> so many horrific elements to this story but i think the worst for me is the fact that there are 20 kids dead between the ages of 5 and 10 years old and as we learn more about the shooter, it seems as though there were clues he was capable of doing this. >> there will be an update at 8:00 this morning with the authorities. >> all right. peter doocy meanwhile is live in sandy hook for us with the very latest details. good morning, peter. tell us what you have learned overnight. >> alisyn, we lea
at newtown elementally school. there is a map right there. sandy hook. let me read more of what i'm getting here. according to one of our affiliates, the connecticut state police are responding to that shooting at newtown. excuse me. not newton. newtown. the shooting happened on dickinson. it's newtown. i said newton before but it's newtown. we don't know if there's any injuries but they are deploying units and cnn is sending crews and our affiliates are sending crews as well. they are en route to an elementary school in newtown. we are working our sources and our affiliates there in the area to try to figure out what is going on. as you know, law enforcement -- and we do here at cnn and all news organizations take it very seriously any time there are reports of a gun or shots fired at a school, elementary, junior high school, college, what have you. and that's what we are doing right now, checking on that for you. we're getting some information in. our producers are gathering it for us. we'll be back with the very latest on the other side of this break. don't go anywhere. [ female announce
. jenna: schools in newtown, connecticut, opening for the very first time after the deadly rampage at sandy hook elementary. just as we learn new details about the gunman, two more young victims are laid to rest today. plus a major cybersecurity threat. what you need to know to protect your bank accounts on-line especially in the new year. >>> a hour harrowing ordeal for a tv news correspondent and his crew, kidnapped five days in syria. the latest details on their escape. it's haul l all "happening now" jenna: great to have you with us on this tuesday. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. the latest on the tragedy in connecticut. while investigators search for answers there are some students are heading back to school right now. rick leventhal has the latest from newtown. what is going on there today, rick? >> reporter: jon incredibly challenging times for the community, struggling are with the aftermath after that horrific mass murder. sending kids back to school and reassuring those kids they will be safe in those classrooms. in fact security has been beefed up at the six cools in
is here. and, of course, so much of our attention still on newtown this morning. more funerals are planned for today. as we look at those makeshift memorials. >> it's unclear when the elementary school survivors will be able to go back to the classroom. this school in a nearby town is being readied for them by volunteers. and teachers have already been meeting to find a way to start that normal routine back for them again. it's so important. >> it is. we're going to go to amy robach there in just a moment. >>> first, breaking news overnight. nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, held captive in syria since thursday has been freed after a firefight. martha raddatz has details from washington. what a dramatic escape. >> reporter: it certainly is. richard is a very experienced foreign correspondent. and he had been inside syria before. he and his crew were grabbed after crossing into northwest syria last thursday. there had been no communication with them, no contact, no ransom demands. they were thrown in the back of a truck, bound and blindfolded, although not physically harmed.
needed, and when we went out with newtown officers to search or to execute search warrants or to examine other possible secondary scenes, we took all those assets with us to ensure that they were right there immediately so that we could react if it was necessary. that's about all i have as far as details are concerned. i want to give you one more briefing probably just before 6:00 we'll try to get back up here for one more briefing. i'll take a couple brief questions but i must tell you there are certain things we cannot discuss at this time. i will take you right here. >> do you have anyone -- [ inaudible ]. >> there was one person that was injured that suffered an injury and did survive, yes. >> can you confirm -- >> i'm chris matthews and this is "hardball." we're watching the continuing coverage now on msnbc of the connecticut state police press conference. >> -- shooter's identity. >> not going to confirm the identity of the shooter. wl we're not prepared to do that. we have a tentative identification. we will, we will identify the shooter at an appropriate time. just
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at newtown, connecticut. breaking children being led across a parking lot. an expression of terror been across the face of that one little girl in the blue shirt. the mother of the child called in to fox news. jenna: can you tell us what happened inside the school were your daughter was? >> she was in a small class, a reading group. they started hearing bangs and her teacher, which i am so grateful for, there was just a small group. they rushed the kids into the bathroom. they locked the door. they just told the children that it was hammering, and they tried to keep them calm. the next thing that i know, because it's very hard to get a complete story, the next thing i know is that the police came and they were knocking on the door to be let out of the classroom. when they were, they stop laughing blood. one child was covered in blood. i understand that child is safe and was not hurt. it must have been somebody else. megyn: there is a lot of information coming into the newsroom at this hour. the news has evolved as we have learned more information. i would like to tell the viewers that w
in politics, where emotion will pull the logic train. the emotion of what happened in newtown, connecticut, the emotion contained in a week of funerals, we're at the front of a church or synagogue or a mosque, you're going to be very small -- there are going to be very small caskets. t.j., if we still have the picture of jack pinto buried yesterday in newtown, connecticut, buried in his little league uniform, that right there is what is going to change the dialogue for this. people carry around for years pictures of their children in little league uniforms, hockey uniforms, first and second grade school picture. that's the picture, the emotion that will pull this thing. >> if it doesn't, there's a serious problem. i understand the president does -- has a lot to do, when it comes to making sure that our economy doesn't fall off the cliff. there are tens of millions of working americans that know that the fiscal cliff situation needs to be addressed. isn't human nature funny, though, how we need to get moving on this? >> those critical issues you just mentioned, they seem so insignificant. >
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